Turkey measures almost 780,000 square kilometres and its national territory stretches across the European and Asian continents. The north of the country is flanked by the Black Sea and in the southwest and west the Aegean and the Mediterranean form a natural national border. In all, Turkey offers a coastline of more than 6,000 kilometres with long white sandy beaches, but also with countless small and larger swimming bays. Wherever you drop anchor, you will meet extremely friendly people and experience proverbial oriental hospitality. The areas on the coasts of the Aegean, the Mediterranean and the Marmara Sea have a typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers and mild winters.
The Lycian Coast
The Lycian coast between the Aegean and the Riviera offer an appealing landscape – citrus plantations, olive groves, idyllic fishing villages, long, to some extent unspoiled dream beaches and bays. The excavations at Troy in the north of the region, Ephesus and Pamukkale are impressive. The luscious vegetation with many sub-tropical plants and trees, in particular the pinewoods on the mountainside and on the coast with their shades of green, give way to the splendid colours of the sea that range from deep dark blue and turquoise to the light blue of the shallow waters. One can find countless places of interest and ruins of the ancient world along this coast. Lycian rock cut tombs and the remains of erstwhile towns – to some extent immersed in the sea and are clearly visible in clear water.
The Aegean Coast
Countless bays and peninsulas dominate the picture of the extremely craggy Turkish Aegean coast. The region is known for its brilliant blue sea water and the many sporting and leisure opportunities. There are splendid beaches here with everything that a holidaymaker’s heart desires: there are dreamy, idyllic swimming bays in addition to the vibrant holiday locations. The most popular bathing resorts on the Aegean coast are Cesme, Kusadasi, Bodrum, Marmaris and Fethiye. One encounters the imposing remnants of ancient sites at every turn. Troy is undoubtedly the most famous.
The Turkish Riviera
Turkish Riviera is common name for the south coast of Turkey connects to the Aegean coast and stretches up to the Syrian border. Luscious vegetation with fascinating bloomage and the mountains that run parallel to the coast constitute the appeal of the landscape. A large part of the coast is characterised by many bays with splendid beaches and idyllic islands and wherever you go you come across the treasures of bygone eras.